The effectiveness and ultimate success of any health and safety regulation or standard really does begin and end with leadership.
Full commitment and support by top business management in driving corporate-wide adherence to and support of regulations, policies and guidelines for safety, quality and pretty much any other regulatory directive is essential. It’s the power behind the punch.
That leaders need to lead is hardly an Earth-shattering revelation. But it’s a refreshing and necessary guiding principle behind the upcoming ISO 45001 standard, set for publication in April. The International Labour Organization estimates more than 7,600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – over 2.78 million people every year.
This new standard spells out requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) through a framework intended to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.
What sets ISO 45001 apart is an … Read more...
An already vast ocean of incident and illness electronic recordkeeping for American business has become a whole lot deeper and wider, as a result of OSHA’s “new rule” that came into effect this year.
In 2017, more organizations must gather more data and provide more reporting of accident and illness incidents to the U.S. Department of Labor agency. The so-called “new rule” from OSHA will turn a molehill into a mountain as the number of those employers who will be expected to report this data is set to quadruple. Currently about 35,000 large employers submit data annually to OSHA and that number is expected to jump to 130,000. Approximately 150,000 smaller employers who currently submit summary data now includes 500,000 organizations.
Other significant requirements of the new rule include:
- Directing employers to conduct refresher training on recordkeeping requirements.
- The auditing of injury and illness recordkeeping forms.
- Providing training on new
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Serious Injury Prevention – S is for Subjective
In Measuring Safety Part, 1 we reviewed the drawbacks of focusing solely on the measurement of safety outcomes absent understanding and tracking operational processes and events that are predictive of a safe workplace. In Part 2 of the series, we dove deeper into the implications of this thinking by reviewing “Serious Injury Fatality” (SIF). In this Part 3, we look at the subjective nature of serious injury and fatality prevention recording and whether SIF is indeed the better approach to take.
Building a SIF Safety Triangle addresses previous serious safety prevention framework shortcomings, but it also introduces new issues. Our next question: Who decides upon the categorization of processes and events that have the potential for serious injury and fatality? Also, how is this categorization done?
It seems to be relatively easy to define some categories that separate SIF from the non-SIF … Read more...
What got us to where we are today will not get us to where we want to be tomorrow.
Decades of awareness building, training, and record keeping on Occupational Health and Safety – spearheaded by private and public enterprises and prodded along by governments – have got us to where we are today. These efforts have moved us incrementally along a path over the past four decades from literally dozens of deaths per day in the US alone, to a quarter of this number today.
However, the new standard many companies are striving for of zero fatalities and zero serious injuries requires a breakthrough. Traditional health and safety investments relying on moral suasion and larger budgets suffer from diminished returns after a certain point. To drastically change safety outcomes, we need to look beyond traditional Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) approaches. New social and mobile technology offer hope of getting … Read more...
After a presentation I gave recently a gentleman came up to ask some follow-up questions, which is pretty normal. But then something interesting happened. He hesitated, looking like there was something else on his mind. So I asked if there was anything else I could help with to which he responded with a story about how he’s working with this site’s safety committee to develop an incentive program to get people to work safely. But it doesn’t seem to be working. Workers aren’t really engaging with the program and the rewards don’t seem very interesting to them. He wanted to know if I had any ideas on how to make the program more successful.
Now, I certainly have some ideas on the subject, but I asked the first (probably rather obvious) question that came to my mind – have you asked the workers about it? After all, what I think … Read more...
ASSE Safety 2016 Professional Development Conference & Exposition
Georgia World Congress Center
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2016 conference brings together over 600 exhibitors and more than 4,000 OHS professionals for the purposes of networking, professional development, and achieving exceptional safety results. Intelex annually attends this important event and is proud to be engaged with this year’s conference as an exhibitor.
If you’d like to book an onsite demo of the Intelex platform, Health and Safety Practice Manager Eric Morris, Vice President of Strategic Accounts Stephen Ross, Product Marketing Manager Irina Barbu, and Account Executives Kelvin Lee and Ryan Reeve will be on hand at Booth 1207. Learn about transformational safety and how to guide behavioral change in your organization through leading, lagging, and transformational indicators. To book a demo with us, please email Brittney Wilson at Brittney.Wilson@Intelex.com.
Many workplace leaders underline the importance of having a “safety culture”, but beyond the statements, policies and procedures, what are the key elements that make a workplace culture truly safe?
A prerequisite to creating a safety culture is to establish a culture of fairness characterized by respect and dignity for each workplace participant. This is because a culture of safety requires that employees believe they will be treated fairly and are safe to speak up about mistakes or safety risks. Unintentional errors and unsafe acts will not be punished but used as learning experiences. Furthermore, reckless or deliberate unsafe acts and unjustifiable risks will be punished.
Unsafe cultures are characterized by the fear of speaking up about safety hazards or risk because of fear of reprimands or sanctions and the related threat to one’s psychological safety. Unsafe workplace cultures also include those that view safety as a cost rather than … Read more...
In a recent blog post, we highlighted key aspects relating to the Public Transportation Safety Program.
In this post, we will take a closer look at the Safety Management System (SMS) approach outlined in the FTA’s proposed rule.
The SMS approach is intended to help define internal processes and ensure that each public transportation agency, regardless of size or service environment, has the adequate organizational structures, accountabilities, policies, and procedures in place to effectively manage and mitigate safety events. In proposing a SMS approach, the FTA hopes to provide a set of decision-making tools that will help transit agencies prioritize and integrate safety into all aspects of the transit system’s activities, from planning to design, to construction, to operations, and to maintenance.
The proposed FTA rule would require any public transportation system receiving federal funding to implement SMS. –Tweet This!
This approach consists of four main pillars:… Read more...
What is the value of safety? When discussing safety there is the intangible value that impacts everything from employee engagement to brand equity. But are there any tangible financial opportunities as well? What can an organization gain by becoming safer?
There are the obvious answers. Workers going home safe and having the confidence that they are part of an organization that cares that they do so has immeasurable value. Likewise, regulatory bodies like OSHA are quite transparent when it comes to the fines and penalties that companies can incur in cases where they fail to be safe. So the worst case scenarios of what happens when things go wrong are quite well documented.
Ongoing Positive Business Impact
How can a safety program and cultivating safe behavior be connected back to the other business operations that make an organization tick?
In my own journey to try to quantify the opportunity value … Read more...